Heel Pain

Definition

Heel pain is one of the main reasons for foot pain and a common referral to Podiatry.

Causes

Heel pain can have many causes and can be mechanical, neurological, or due to other medical conditions.

Common causes are:

  • Plantar Fasciitis- Inflammation of the plantar fascia
  • Sprain/ Strain- Often from injury or overuse
  • Achilles Tendonitis- Inflammation of tendon that attaches calf muscles to the heel
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis- A form of arthritis which can lead to chronic pain and disability
  • Osteochondroses- A growth plate disorder in children. Known as Severs in the heel
  • Heel Spur- An extra bit of bone on the heel bone which aggravates the tissue under the foot, causing pain
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome- Burning or tingling under the heel and foot from compression of the nerve as it passes the inside of the ankle 

Symptoms

  • Heel pain
  • Difficulty walking

Treatment

It is important to know the cause of your heel pain to ensure the correct treatment plan can be put in place.

A Podiatrist can help diagnose your reason for pain and help with:

  • Exercise advise
  • Orthotic prescription
  • Footwear advice